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Off-color “greetings” are being sold in record quantities. Producers of so-called “sophisticated humor” see the chance to cash in on popular demand during the holiday season. Result: A tide of iniquity is flooding this year’s Christmas card trade.

Ribald jokes with illustrations of drunkenness and sexual indecency are taking the place of traditional messages of good will. This is the sad reflection on the present state of American morality.

The bare-bosomed blonde in a sock crowds out the Christ of the manger. A degenerate verse crowds out the message of the Bethlehem angels. Satan takes the center of the stage even at Christmas, as if to publish the fact that in 1958 Christ is crucified almost before a carnal society acknowledges that he was born.

Postal officials in Washington expressed concern about the number of obscene and indecent Christmas cards being sent through the U. S. mails. They said, however, that the majority of such cards are sent through first class mail which the post office is powerless to open for inspection. Publishers and vendors of the cards have been avoiding prosecution by moving the cards to dealers by means other than the mails, postal officials added.

The cards were described as “extolling drunkenness and sexual license” as a means of celebrating the Christmas holiday and “otherwise mocking the observance.”

The Post Office Department acknowledged that it has received protests from religious groups against the indecent cards, but said it is primarily a matter for local law enforcement at the places of sale of such “greeting” cards.

Said one postal inspector, “Anyone receiving a card which he considers objectionable or in bad taste can help stop future mailings by ...

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